if i had money i would buy so many old computers
why dont i have more money….
The pain is real…
I had to curb my collecting due to money issues, not that I had a whole lot to work with in the beginning. I mostly looked for trade deals, bargains and people giving things away for free (happens more often than you’d think, at least in my experience).
Also I used to collect old microcomputers in general (mostly 80s stuff), but I decided to focus exclusively on DEC computers … that’s managed to cut down the influx of retrocomputer acquisitions dramatically. That said, I’ll still take free/cheap computers regardless of manufacturer. (Which is how I ended up with my ‘98 G3 iMac a couple months back.)
Thankfully, our focus on mainframes and minis has prevented us from even contemplating building a physical collection.